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Corporate governance and innovative financing

People and goods now move and interact in new ways and at a faster rate than ever before. Yet, laws to protect rights, legal regulations and the organizational shape of institutions remains stuck in the old mould. Today, however, regulations apply more and more frequently across national borders, rather than within them. Geographic confines correspond less and less to the effective borders, but often span several territories. This research field of the CCSE is dedicated to the risks, problems, chances and challenges grounded in the gap between globalization of institutions, firms and markets on the one side, and regionalization effects on the other. In particular, the research team is interested in how firms can access the necessary resources like financial capital, human capital and knowledge spillovers from their location, how these resources are transformed into marketable products to exploit strategic advantages in a globalized world and how these processes are accompanied and supported by politics and administration.

The future of economic growth and social prosperity of regions and Countries lies also in their ability to foster start-ups and the growth of entrepreneurial firms. While large and established firms and family enterprises could be seen as the stock of capital of firms within a region, young and entrepreneurial firms are the future inflows and guarantees of growth and welfare in the future.

The importance to commercialize academic knowledge for regional growth is undoubted and beyond controversy. Academic spillovers are not only necessary resources for entrepreneurial firms, but also for established domestic and foreign firms with locations and affiliations close to the source of academic knowledge. As a result, regions where established firms, entrepreneurs and research intensive universities work hand in hand, higher growth rates, lower unemployment rates and higher economic and social wealth is observed. Within this process, TTOs are seen as the institutionalized way to transport and canalize the ideas, inventions and innovations of academic researcher into the (regional) industry and society. This center focuses on analyzing the whole process of technology transfer from the creation of ideas within Universities, over industry-firm co-operations and the several ways to commercialize ideas and bring them to the market.

Family businesses are seen as the backbone of an economy. They employ most of the people in an economy and they are the driving forces in regional growth rates, social live and innovation behavior. However, family businesses are faced with specific problems like succession, credit constraints, often faced with disadvantages in their access to human capital, intangible resources and lack of attention in national policy programs. Research in family enterprises is concerned about those specific problems and challenges in a regional wide and international wide context. Comparative empirical studies highlights how regional differences and endowment shape family enterprises.